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Author: H. R. F. Keating Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Ghote Mysteries Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781481576963
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In the princely state of Bhopore, India, 1930, a handful of Western visitors comes to the opulent Summer Palace to meet the outrageous Maharajah and his entourage. There they meet the Maharajah’s heir, the sensual Porgy, and his English chorus-girl mistress. They meet the enigmatic chief minister, and the aloof British Resident, with his dignified little nine-year-old son. And before long, they also meet sudden death.

Various people in the palace become suspects, and an imperturbable district superintendent of police is called in. But who will he find guilty of the murder of the Maharajah?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davidson gives a fully voiced performance with especially effective Indian accents.” 


  • “Details about palace life in India, circa 1930, give this mystery a dollop of historical substance and make it fun. British reader Davidson seems to have a lot of fun himself, pulling off a wide array of voices and accents.” 


  • “His best novel.”

    Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

  • “A delightful semi-tongue-in-cheek attempt to recapture the style and mood of the thirties detective novels of Agatha Christie and others.”

    Wilson Library Bulletin

  • Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger in 1980

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joggingt | 7/12/2012

    " A little slow but interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bea | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this. Maybe the narrator made it sing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2011

    " listened to this book on the way home from T-giving with husband. both thought it was very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/16/2011

    " Great. I'm friends with the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/26/2010

    " This book grabbed me on the first page and kept my attention until the shocking end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corky | 4/24/2010

    " So-so story of a serial killer whose wife doesn't know he is a serial killer but might be getting the idea - of course those of us listening or reading figured it out before she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/19/2009

    " Does have some language-- gripping and a unique pov on the crime novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kashlee | 7/5/2009

    " I really enjoy these kind of books and have to say it is a little terrifying how little we really know about the people around us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/22/2009

    " Fast read and interesting since it's from the perspective of the wife of a serial killer. It a first book for the author, so it could have been a touch better. Most authors improve as they go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/5/2009

    " Certainly not the best book I have read in a while, it read more like a documentary rather than a mystery or suspense, it was a short book so reading was fast. "

About the Author

H. R. F. Keating (1926–2011) wrote numerous novels as well as plays and nonfiction but is perhaps most famous for the Inspector Ghote series set in India, the first of which, The Perfect Murder, won a Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award and was made into a film by Merchant & Ivory. H. R. F. Keating was the crime books’ reviewer for the Times for fifteen years. He served as chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors and in 1987 was elected president of the Detection Club. He was married to the actress Sheila Mitchell, had three sons and one daughter, and lived in London.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.